These Brutally Honest Photos of India Show The Difference Between Travel Expectations & Reality

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Brace Yourselves!

Travel is generally one of the highlights of most people’s lives – whether you get to visit a new destination once a year or once a decade, the excitement never fades.

But what happens when your expectations have a crushing encounter with reality?

THIS HAPPENS:

1. The internet makes you think that spending a day at the Taj Mahal would look something like this

STOP lying internet.

Spending a day at Taj Mahal is a pretty average experience which looks like this.

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Credits: Ronald Woan

2. The only fancy thing about Qutub Minar - Tallest brick minaret in the world. That's about it.

If you think that spending a day here would look something like this,

W-R-O-N-G.

It's looks like this. Add 50 more school Children in this picture and that's how a day at Qutub Minar looks like.

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Credits: AHLN

3. Marine Drive is where Mumbaikars come for a few moments of freedom from the ever challenging life in Mumbai.

It is that one place in Mumbai that breathes possibility. But overtime, Bollywood filmmakers have exploited this majestic arc and made us believe that sitting on the marine drive wall will inevitably feel like a beautiful daydream, something like this:

To be honest, that's not always the case and more often than not it feels like this. Aimless.

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Credits: David Ramos

3. If you think walking by the howrah bridge in Kolkata, feels like this

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Oops! sorry to burst you bubble but it's more like this.

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4. You might have witnessed mesmerising beaches, swaying palms, white sands and sparkling waters in Goa, I did too, but my recent Goa trip was not entirely devoid of eyesores.

While everyone expects Goa to be like this,

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This is the Goa you get. Urgh! *Cries in pain*

5. Visiting Gateway of India: Expectation.

Visiting Gateway of India: Reality.

(Giant-balloon sellers + photographers + vendors making bhelpuri and touts rubbing shoulders with locals and tourists )

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Credits: Koshy Koshy

6. Unless you've been blissfully unaware this whole time, you know camping in the Himalayas is not even remotely close to this,

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Credits: Pramati Anand

because this what camping in Himalayas is all about now.

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Credits: Pramati Anand

7. If you think a camel safari in Rajasthan promises you an unparalleled, all fun filled, colourful and memorable experience,

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HA-HA, think again!

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Don't worry! Sometimes the better vantage point is where you least expect it, because you’re better off livin’ in the hole looking at the palace, than living at the palace looking at the hole. Which is why I've even tracked down seven lesser-known spots for seeing some of India's biggest attractions.

Check it out: 7 Secret Tourist-Free Spots To View India's Most Famous Attractions

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This article of yours just shows the real dark side of you! Wake up, smell your coffee, be optimistic and then look around. Probably you will find something brighter to write which is real. I feel so sorry for you, sympathies!
Mon 06 10 19, 10:13 · Reply · Report
How many times have you been to Himalayas? Don't blame Himalayas for your bad trip advisor. I can show you thousands of Himalayan destinations which are more better than your reality picture.
Mon 10 22 18, 21:34 · Reply · Report
It's not correct to portray the worst side of places . We humans too have our worst and best days, but do we take a picture when we are sitting on bathroom floor and crying our eyes out ? But that doesn't mean we don't make for a pretty bride or a handsome groom ! Like I was in Goa just last week , and believe me it was better than the "Good" picture shown here ! Same with Himalayas. If you choose to visit Triund in Peak season ofcourse u will witness crowd, for ur going as a tourist then. But if your a real traveller you do you R&D and you know the best places for the best timing .. Hope you have more positive look on nature and its beauty in future :) Cheers !
Tue 08 01 17, 16:11 · Reply · Report
Dear Author, its not about the place it is actually about the photography and perfect timing. Taking picture from your phone camera in peak hour and other side a professional takes photo with DSLR in a perfect moment will create these kind of differences you have mentioned above in article.
Tue 08 01 17, 14:16 · Reply · Report
but there was also an awsome local guy who ran all the way to gimme back money I had dropped.God bless him and his family
Mon 07 31 17, 20:30 · Reply · Report
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